Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts

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This Southern Living recipe punches up the flavor of traditional guacamole with tangy goat cheese.
2 ripe avocados
3 Tbsps finely chopped red onion, divided
1/2 medium-size jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
2 1/2 tsps fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarsely chopped ground pepper
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 fresh tomatillo, husk removed
1 (7 oz) package miniature white pita rounds*
2 Tbsps olive oil
1 plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1. Cut avocados in half. Scoop pulp into a bowl, and mash with a potato masher or fork until slightly chunky. Stir in 2 Tbsp. red onion and next 5 ingredients. Gently fold in cheese. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of mixture, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. Finely chop tomatillo.
3. Separate pita rounds lengthwise into two halves. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil.
4. Bake at 375° for 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted. Top each with 1 rounded teaspoonful avocado mixture. Stir together tomatillo, tomato, and remaining 1 Tbsp. red onion. Top avocado mixture with tomatillo mixture. Sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper to taste.
Yield: 10 appetizer servings

* 1 (8.5-oz.) French bread baguette may be substituted for pita rounds. Cut bread diagonally into 42 (1/2-inch-thick) slices, discarding ends.
Dish   AppetizerPrep Time   15 to 30 minutes

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